A loan of $3,050 helped a member to buy milk, eggs, detergents, refreshments, candies, oil, beans, toilet paper, napkins, cookies, soup, coffee and sugar.

Las Violetas Group's story

Lorena is one of the members of a group called “The Violets” that is comprised of nine people, each having a different type of business:

Eulalia raises and sells livestock
Carlos sells beverages
Ausencia sells groceries
Regina sells candies
Agustina sells snacks
Veronica sells candies
Brenda sells chicken
Marcelina sells snacks
Maria sells groceries
Lorena sells groceries

This group finds itself located in a community where the climate is warm that is surrounded by groves (rubber trees). It is a sugarcane zone, and the principal fountains of work are in the field harvesting rubber and the cutting of cane during the harvest season (when the refinery is producing sugar). Its people are friendly and hard working.

Lorena is 45 years old, studied a technical career and is married to Adolfo, who is a carpenter. They had three children but currently only the youngest, Paola who is 9 years old and in primary school, still depends on her. Her two older daughters are married.

Lorena tells us that, one year ago, she inherited a 60-year old grocery store from her father. It belonged to her grandfather, then her father, and is currently her family business.

She says that when she inherited the business, she saw it as the source of employment with which she could help her husband to get their young daughter ahead. To this end, she continues to open her store every day from eight in the morning until eight at night, tending to her customers very cordially.

She has requested this loan to invest in the purchase of milk, eggs, detergents, refreshments, candies, oil, beans, toilet paper, napkins, cookies, soup, coffee and sugar to resupply her business.

She believes that, if her business is well stocked, she will have more customers frequent her establishment for their purchases. This, in turn, will bring her more income and her business and standard of living will improve.

In the future, Lorena would like to see her daughter have the opportunity to study a professional career.

This group is thankful for the support and confidence that the Foundation has afforded them.

In this group: Eulalia , Carlos , Ausencia , Regina , Agustina , Veronica , Brenda , Marcelina , Maria Del Refugio , Lorena Maria De La Paz

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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